One of the things I was most excited/curious about when I got my Nexus 7 was multimedia. How would the experience be for watching videos and using it for various media functions? My friend assured me that it was fantastic, but to be honest I was a little skeptical because a 7″ screen seemed a little small. Boy was I wrong! Watching videos and reading look great on it and it’s comfortable to hold in one hand to boot.
In honor of that, here are ten multimedia apps I’ve enjoyed using on my Nexus 7.
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I might as well start this roundup with an app from Android’s makers, right? Google Play Movies and TV allows you to buy or rent movies and TV episodes to stream directly to your tablet (or any device associated with your account). You can even download them for when you’re not connected. One thing to note is that TV shows are only available in the USA right now.
Speaking of streaming, Netflix has a great Android app that allows you to manage your queue, rate movies, and more importantly, stream right to your device. You can even resume play from one device to another – which is super-cool by the way. Plus, with Netflix’s ever-growing streaming selection, you should be able to find something worthwhile to watch.
One service that’s quickly becoming a good Netflix competitor is Hulu Plus. It’s about the same price as Nextflix streaming and they offer next day viewing of brand new episodes for a ton of shows, including How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, and more. As far as features go, the app has everything Netflix’ app has to offer as well. The only drawback is that even though you have a paid subscription, you will still see ads. I was told a while back this was to offset the cost of offering all new episodes without a waiting period.
In my humble opinion, IMDB is one of the greatest websites ever, and the same goes for the app. It allows you to consult the entire website’s database in a nicely optimized format, look up movies playing near you, and watch the latest trailers. You can even manage a watchlist and check in at movies if you’d like. If you’re more of a TV fan, you can also get recaps from the previous night of television.
Flixster is one of those earlier niche social networks that existed before Facebook stole all the users from everyone. In its app incarnation, you can do everything you could do on the website: rate and review movies, add movies to a watch list, and more. You can also look up movies in your area, check Rotten Tomatoes ratings, watch trailers, and even watch full-length films. The first one is on them!
Plex for Android is an app that requires some set up, but can be really awesome if you have a vast digital media collection. Once you set up Plex Server on your Mac or PC, you’ll be able to stream music, videos, and photos to your Android device. Further, you’ll be able to stream content from over 200 channels, including YouTube, Vimeo, and more.
So we’ve talked a ton about streaming content from various sources, but what if you’re looking to replace the stock video player on your tablet? mVideoPlayer might be just the app you’re looking for. This is an app with a nice-looking interface, improved organization, subtitles download, and some gestures to improve the video controls.
Requires: Android Varies with device
Google Play Link: mVideoPlayer
Developer: Daniel Nilsson
If you’re looking to make some simple video edits, like triming and managing video clips, VidTrim is a pretty good option. There is also a pro-version for less than $3 that will allow you to do more than just trimming — frame grabbing, transcoding, and some cool effects like black and white, glow, pixellate, and more.
I couldn’t do a multimedia roundup without mentioning YouTube, could I? This is the Android companion to Google’s popular video uploading/viewing platform. The app automatically syncs with your Google Account, so you can view your uploads, history, playlists, and get some nice recommendations.
Speaking of, YouTube Remote is another app by Google with a pretty unique function. You can use the app to pair your device with your Computer or TV, and then control YouTube videos. Play, Pause, and jump to spots in the video. You can also use the app to look up more information about a video on your device while viewing it on your computer or TV.
This is my personal list of multimedia apps that I use on my Nexus 7. Of course, there are many more out there for you to try. You will also notice that I didn’t mention any music apps, I decided to leave those for another round-up as they deserve their own spotlight.
What’s your favorite multimedia app? If it didn’t make this list, let us know your recommendation.